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How do I teach my U18s the importance of teamwork and work-rate?   The question this week comes from Simon:…

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Dan Wright

PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

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Dave Wright

Enjoy this inspirational insight from Adrian Bradbury, Founder & Director of Football For Good in Uganda. With a wide-ranging background…

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Dave Wright

How can I teach my players to play out from the back?   The question this week comes from Spence:…

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Dave Wright

The winningest coach in the (USA) National Basketball Association is Phil Jackson with 11 NBA titles.  Whatever you might think…

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William A. Harper

Possession has become a huge trend in football coaching. But are we educating our young players to retain the ball…

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Dan Wright
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What does it take to be a champion? Founder of Changing the Game Project, John O’Sullivan shares his article on…

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John O'Sullivan
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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

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Dave Wright

Should I progress to coach under 18s?     The question this week comes from Paul: “I coach U11s and…

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Dan Wright

The Big Idea The authors of this is recently published research paper (Frontiers in Psychology, September 2016) aim to demystify…

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William A. Harper

Where does creativity come from? In this blog PDP Lead Researcher, James Vaughan discusses Yannick Bolasie’s infamous ‘360 flick’ and explores…

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James Vaughan
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How do I affect each player in the team?   The question this week comes from Pete: “I have been…

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Dave Wright

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Creativity involves putting ideas together in new and useful ways. Lara Mossman, Positive Psychology Researcher, football player, and mother of…

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Lara Mossman
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How can I manage social dynamics at training? The question this week comes from Justin: “We are an U13 boys…

Dan Wright
Dan Wright

Just over 50 years ago Marshal McCluhan published a book entitled Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Its shorthand mantra…

William A. Harper
William A. Harper
Ruben Jongkind worked alongside Johan Cruyff implementing ‘Plan Cruyff’ - an overhaul of the Ajax player development system. He is...
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Dave Wright

Regular PDP contributor and Talent ID Manager at The FA, Nick Levett, gives us his views on the cultural challenges…

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Nick Levett
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Forged by a history of social injustice, the beautiful game is inseparable from the rebellious spirit and deceptive artistry of…

James Vaughan
James Vaughan
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After their dominant performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, including the 7-1 demolition of the host nation, the…

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Dave Wright
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Hakon Grøttland is the Head of Player Development for the Norwegian FA. The Player Development Project were lucky enough to…

Jon Hoggard
Jon Hoggard
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When it comes to research in cognitive psychology, until fairly recently there had been little interest in studying sport-related mentality….

William A. Harper
William A. Harper

Have you had a conversation with your players about why they play football? What is it that motivates them to…

Lara Mossman
Lara Mossman
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After working in futsal development in New Zealand for three years, Matt Fejos attended the English FA’s ‘Catalyst for Change…

Matt Fejos
Matt Fejos
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Coach educator, blogger and regular Player Development Project contributor, Mark O’Sullivan examines the true definitions of growth mindset and the…

Mark O'Sullivan
Mark O'Sullivan
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UEFA A Licensed Coach, Kieran Smith joins us for a discussion on The Spanish Style & The Value of Rondos....
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Dave Wright

The Big Idea The rub for these researchers is that the empirical basis for the vocation of sports coaching is…

William A. Harper
William A. Harper

PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

Dave Wright
Dave Wright

How can I get my U8 players to spread out and keep possession?   The question this week comes from…

James Vaughan
James Vaughan

Lecturer and Sports Coaching & Development expert, Dr. John Stoszkowski discusses how systems and stories shape the way we learn…

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Dr. John Stoszkowski
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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

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Dave Wright
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